This mobilization received adhesions from organizations such as the National Association of Fiscal Employees (ANEF), the Teachers' College, the High School Students Assembly (ACES), and Chile Dignified, Green, and Sovereign.
The CUT denounces that the Piñera administration is mismanaging the pandemic because it has not hesitated to prioritize the interests of big corporations. The workers' organization also demands the increase of the minimum wage to US$700 and the establishment of a universal basic income for 80 percent of the citizenry.
In addition, the Chilean progressive organizations demand the freezing of food prices and the approval of a tax on super millionaires.
����In #Chile scenes from Valparaíso where the police repressed protesters against the neoliberal measures implemented by the right-wing Piñera government. pic.twitter.com/RscYzR3TfH
CUT President Barbara Figueroa explained that the general strike involves the suspension of face-to-face work and teleworking, pot-banging, and other actions to demonstrate discontent against the neoliberal state. To avoid COVID-19 contagions, however, workers did not call for mass demonstrations or marches.
"While we cannot continue to bear the brunt of the crisis, we have to maintain epidemiological measures. We do not want to expose people's lives or health," Figueroa pointed out.
Local media reported that the Military police plans to deploy a large number of officers to exercise control in several places in Santiago City.
Police repression accompanied anti-government protests in Chile this week as human rights groups demand answers regarding the use of chemicals in water cannons and the composition of the tear gas used on citizens during demonstrations, resulting in burns. pic.twitter.com/LagMd3uyLV